Hockey fan. Big time. Love the anthem. Think its a superb example of what an anthem should be.
Also worked briefly for a man whose ancestral family member had something to do with writing it. (And who had another relative at Molson who got us into the owners box at the old Forum one wonderful night.)
So I have a couple votes for the 5770. Any other suggestions from the forum? Is the HIS card I listed a decent quality 5770? Remember, I'm mainly using for HD movies on a 42" LCD; with some occasional gaming (but nothing too serious).
450 is an interesting option. But my board is crossfire compatible, that's why I was leaning to an ATI card. I know a lot of people that prefer the nvidea but do you think that's a good choice given my hardware?
I prefer nVidia by far - the drivers work earlier, and most often better. Its a tribute to how horrid the initial 4XX announcements were that I'm running ATI cards in my two main rigs lol.
I usually try to make sure a single vid card is going to meet my needs. I do not like being dependent on SLI or xfire, which - in my experience - does not always improve minimum frame rates. So I would stretch my budget now, and get a 460.
The other alternative is to go light, and preserve the ability to add a second card if you got it wrong. In that case, you need a large enough psu and you're better off with an AMD card because xfrie is supported on your mobo.
Now you really have me thinking. The 460 looks like a sweet card, but at $150 it's stretching my budget. The 5770 is more doable at $125, plus it gives me some xfire options later on. I think I may wait until after xmas and see if there are any deals, maybe if the 460 is a steal somewhere I'll go that route.